Hi, I'm Siobhan. I love hot dogs, long walks on the beach, picnics... Sorry this isn't my EHarmony account... I'm originally from New Jersey, but I've lived in Texas for 6 years. Reading, writing, listening to music, acting and stand up comedy are just some of my hobbies. Like all fat kids, cake is my love, but I've been having an ongoing affair with ice cream.
I'm so grateful to be the new movie critic for The Edge because it's my favorite radio station and I'm glad to be apart of something this amazing.
Some of my favorites movies are Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Little Miss Sunshine and Hamlet
As most of you can tell, I'm a huge comedy fan with a love for comedians that (for the most part) know what they're doing. Ben Stiller is in some of the funniest movies I've watched and I'm growing to be a huge Jonah Hill fan. With Vince Vaughn, ehh I can stomach him for the most part. And, personally, I enjoyed watching Richard Ayoade for the first time on the big American screen. He was delightful. However sometimes when you have too much of a good thing, it can leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Granted, I'm not saying this movie was honest to God crap, however it wasn't what I was hoping for with big names starring in it. Like doctors say, it was touch and go for a while.
The story is of a man who loves his town, so much that all he wants to do is give back to his town by creating clubs for everyone to enjoy. After closing up the local Costco for the evening, Evan (Ben Stiller) comes back to work the following day to discover a murder of a coworker. To avenge his death, Evan forms a neighborhood watch with the expectation that concerned citizens would ban together to help, however things don't always go according to plan. Not only did only three people show up, but they weren't the most qualified: Bob (Vince Vaughn), a dad of a partying teenage daughter who kind of just wants to party and goof off himself, Franklin (Jonah Hill), a young man who has a bit of a temper problem and finally, Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade) a mysterious new neighbor with a fascination for a fantasy involving Asian housewives and sucking on a certain member of the male anatomy. Though Evan wants to keep this group as professional as humanly possibly, he can't help but get swept into the "male bonding" that Bob has sold to him. To add a thicker plot, the writers decided that this quartet gets a run in with aliens.
I think where the writers went wrong was by first the characters. No, more like the people who were playing these characters. Ben Stiller plays a worry wort very well, however he doesn't do the whole "squeaky clean, I have the perfect life" schtick. Personally, it didn't suit him. Now that Hill has lost all that weight, he has broadened himself as an actor, however he still needs to keep looking because that whole man-child, psycho thing he was given just wasn't working for him. Stoners yes, psychos not so much. And even then, other than in the house scene where he busted down the door, and opened up his bed to find knives, guns and porn, he wasn't super crazy. More is better in comedy, that's the first rule. Vince Vaughn was really the only one who was cast correctly, however he still sucks as an actor. And poor Richard Ayoade just picked the wrong movie to make his American debut in. There goes 10 years of work down the drain.
Personally, this movie is such a disappointment that I don't even wanna talk about it anymore. If you, like me, do enjoy crappy movies, but not at full price, wait for Redbox and even then, get a little hammered first. Maybe then the jokes will be more laugh out loud than silent snickers.